4 Helpful Tools for Back Pain

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August is a popular month for back aches and pains. Whether you are moving kids into college, changing apartments, or packing up patio furniture and summer gear, it is important to give your body (and especially your back) the extra love and support it needs. I am a pretty intense multitasker and thought it would be a good idea to take the whole month of August and slowly move into my new home. I thought if I move myself than I have a built in workout to every weekend in August. My great idea now feels not so great. Every weekend I have tried a new tool, remedy, wrap, or oil to bring relief to my pulled hamstring, tight neck and sore lower back. Here are the top 4 tools I have found gave me the most relief from back pain. 

1. Magnesium Oil  Magnesium oil applied to the skin topically helps with charlie horses, leg cramps, menstrual cramps or exercise induced soreness. Spray on the sore area and rub into skin. The high mineral content in this spray can leave a residue on the skin but I found the relief was worth it. Easy relief for tight neck, shoulders, and lower back. 

2.  Aleve Direct Therapy Best home care tool for pulled muscles! I pulled my hamstrings and glute muscles while moving and this tool brought relief within 10 minutes. Great for back relief on long road trips, airplane rides, or after a long day of lifting and carrying boxes. The gel pads attach directly to clean dry skin and the remote allows you to adjust the intensity of the electrical pulse to the tight sore muscles to stimulate relief. I found this at Walmart and Walgreens besides Amazon. 

3. Oriental Massage Cupping I offer this service in my office where I find it brings overall relief to back, shoulder, neck and leg tension. Although you cannot access all back muscles yourself, you can buy this at home kit and use on all the body parts you can reach yourself. For everywhere else, schedule a oriental massage cupping session with me. This is also a great technique for stimulating lymph drainage in the legs. 

4. Far infrared Inversion Table For lower back pain caused by compression from poor posture, too many hours sitting, or lack of flexibility, this inversion table brings sweet relief. The padded backing emits far infrared heat to relax and soften back tension. A controlled inversion applies your own body weight against the effects of gravity to allow for decompression of the vertebrae and relief on the nerves. We offer 30 minutes sessions on our far infrared inversion table located at our St. Charles office. Schedule a session now! 

Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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